written by Dan Fountain, Professor of History
Meredith College has been selected as a finalist for consideration as a regional hub for researching, teaching, and offering solutions to the legacies of slavery that continue to manifest within American society. The initial proposal put forward by Meredith College is the result of close collaboration between the Department of History, Political Science, & International Studies, the Department of Sociology & Criminology, Dean of the School of the Arts and Humanities Sarah Roth, Provost Matthew Poslusny, and President Jo Allen. Meredith has chosen the issues of contested citizenship and economic disparities as the foci of its research and public programming agenda within the project.
Legacies of American Slavery is a multi-year project, providing a variety of opportunities for CIC member institutions, their faculty members and students, and community-based partners to participate in research, teaching and learning, and public discussions about the legacies of American slavery. The Regional Collaboration Partners will play an essential role as hubs in shaping and administering the national network, using funds provided by CIC. Six Partners will be selected in 2020 following a planning meeting with selected finalists, to be held at Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut) in August 2020.
Other network activities will begin soon after, with the Partners hosting regional conferences in spring 2021 and coordinating ongoing activities at institutional and regional levels in 2020–2023. In addition, summer workshops and research fellowships for faculty members will be hosted by Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (GLC) in 2021–2023, and a national conference will be held in fall 2023.
Legacies of American Slavery is an initiative of the Council of Independent Colleges, in cooperation with the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center, Yale University. It is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.